Wednesday 29 June 2016


Hi!  The sun is shining and, although it's a bit too cold to open the french windows, it won't be long before the sun warms the air and if I were dressed they'd be open by now.

I went into school yesterday to do my usual reading only to find that it was whole school and class photograph morning.  It's been ten years since the last whole school photo so we are long overdue for one.  I stood aside but was told to join the staff which was really heart-warming.  :-)

In the afternoon I set to with a new pattern and the sewing machine and made a bag.  I think I will use it in the summer (whenever that is) rather than try to sell it, but it's really nice for a first go.  Next one I make, I shall use a stiffer lining, I think - calico or similar, and I shall do some top stitching along the vertical seams too.
Apologies for the poor photos but you get the idea.

The other productive thing I did was make some strawberry gin and strawberry vodka.  I shall post the recipe on my other blog because it is so very easy and so very delicious.  It's a bonus that I have used my own fruit this year.
I'm now wondering about making some plum gin or vodka in the same way.  What do you think?

Today is baking day.  At the end I shall have scones, chocolate cake and shortbread.  They're for a meeting this evening and the scones will be accompanied by my jam and some whipped cream (not clotted unless I have a quick change of mind!).

Today's food plans
B:  oat bran galette with natural yogurt and fresh fruit
L:  tuna salad, apple
D:  whatever I have at the governors training


  1. Sloe and damson gins and vodkas are scrumptious too!

  2. I don't know where to get sloes but I might be able to source damsons. I think just about any fruit works well in this and I did wonder about using those cheap bags of frozen mixed fruits. I might try that and see.
    J x

  3. Sloes grow on Blackthorn, there must be hedges in the countryside???

  4. I'm sure there must be, you're right. Come the autumn I must look and see.
    J x